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This step-by-step guide by Alicia Bell and Mike Rispoli can help newsrooms examine their own power and design engagement strategies that don’t perpetuate transactional or extractive relationships with the public. 

For journalism to thrive and best serve the public, newsrooms must design practices that cultivate engaged and vibrant communities — especially among people of color, low-income people and others who both journalism and society at large have failed. And to foster a new future for journalism, it’s crucial for news outlets to share and build power with local communities.


  • Building power
  • Building equitable engagement
  • Building community leaders
  • Five case studies

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WEBINAR: A Community Conversation

Learn how to build reciprocal relationships with communities so your newsroom can truly serve local needs. Alicia Bell, Borealis Philanthropy’s Director of Racial Equity in Journalism Fund, and Mike Rispoli, Free Press’ Senior Director of Journalism Policy, will take you through their methodology, using grassroots organizing techniques to develop community leadership and share power. Stronger, non-extractive ties between the newsroom and community make for a new engagement model for the future of journalism.

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